American Institutes for Research

Dan Goldhaber (Washington)

Dan GoldhaberResearch Professor
Center on Reinventing Public Education
University of Washington
Box 358774
Seattle, WA 98195-8774

e-mail this expertdgoldhab@u.washington.edu

Ph.D., Labor Economics, Cornell University
Curriculum Vitae
Goldhaber Research Profile (CRPE)
Expertise: teacher quality, teacher labor markets, teacher pay and licensure & the effects of accountability systems and market competition on K-12 schooling


Biography

director of the Center for Education Data & Research, a co-editor of the Education Finance and Policy journal, an affiliated scholar with the Urban Institute’s Education Policy Center, and principal investigator for CALDER’s Washington team, will be the Washington State study director for the Urban/CALDER subcontract. He will oversee the tasks related to the development of the study design and analysis and reporting. Dr. Goldhaber has extensive experience in successfully managing complex evaluation efforts, and large scale studies with particular expertise in evaluation design and econometric modeling, and extensive experience analyzing state longitudinal data.

He has completed several studies and projects that are relevant to this project. First, a recent study published in the American Economic Review focuses on value-added effects and their ability to predict post-tenure teacher performance. Second, another recently published study in Education Finance and Policy used a regression discontinuity design to assess mobility decisions induced in teachers resulting from obtaining national board certification. Third, he has directed numerous projects that focus on value-added methods or rely on estimating teacher value-added. He recently completed a series of studies evaluating the stability of teacher value-added measures, which document the distribution of teacher effectiveness and how it changes within teachers. Projects include Is it Just a Bad Class?, a study funded by the U.S. Department of Education that focuses on the stability of estimates of the value-added of individual teachers. 

Dr. Goldhaber has completed additional research studies on teachers including studies on the effects of teacher qualifications and teacher quality on student achievement, the impact of teacher pay structure and licensure on the teacher labor market (particularly the effects on teacher recruitment and retention), the relative efficiency of public and private schools, and the effects of accountability systems and market competition on K-12 schooling. Much of his work focuses on issues of educational productivity and reform at the K-12 level, with a current focus on the broad array of human capital policies that influence the composition, distribution, and quality of teachers in the workforce. Dr. Goldhaber previously served as an elected member of the Alexandria City School Board from 1997-2002, and as an associate editor of Economics of Education Review.


 

Dan Goldhaber is Research Professor at the University of Washington Bothell and the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), Affiliated Scholar at the Urban Institute's Education Policy Center, and a Senior Non-resident Fellow at Education Sector.  He previously served as an elected member of the Alexandria City School Board from 1997-2002. Dr. Goldhaber leads the CALDER Washington team and is a member of CALDER's Strategic Planning Group.

Dr. Goldhaber's research focuses on issues of educational productivity and reform at the K-12 level, and the relationship between teacher labor markets and teacher quality. Topics of published work in these areas include studies of the effects of teacher qualifications and quality on student achievement; the impact of teacher pay structure and licensure on the teacher labor market; the relative efficiency of public and private schools; and the effects of accountability systems and market competition on K-12 schooling.

His current research looks specifically at teacher labor markets and the role that teacher pay structure plays in teacher recruitment and retention; the relationship between teacher licensure test performance and student achievement; the stability of teacher effectiveness measures over time; the influence of human resource practices on teacher turnover and quality; and the role of community colleges in higher education.

Dr. Goldhaber's research has been published in leading peer-reviewed economic and education journals such as The Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Urban Economics, Economics of Education Review, Education Finance and Policy, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and the findings from these articles have been covered in more widely accessible media outlets such as National Public Radio, Education Week, the Washington Post, and USA Today. His work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education and organizations such as the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Joyce Foundation, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He received his Ph.D. in Labor Economics from Cornell University.

» CALDER-Related Publications by Dr. Goldhaber

» CALDER Publications by Dr. Goldhaber

Working Paper 105
Working Paper 105
 
WP 111
Which Plan to Choose? The Determinants of Pension System Choice for Public School Teachers
 
WP 107
Do Students’ College Major Choices Respond to Changes in Wages?
 
WP 92
WP 92
 
WP 98
Which Plan to Choose? The Determinants of Pension System<br />Choice for Public School Teachers
 
CALDER Working Paper 73
Is it Just a Bad Class? Assessing the Long-term Stability of Estimated Teacher Performance
 
CALDER Working Paper 71
Assessing the “Rothstein Test”. Does it Really Show Teacher Value-Added Models are Biased?
 
CALDER Working Paper 65
The Gateway to the Profession: Assessing Teacher Preparation Programs Based on Student Achievement
 
CALDER Working Paper 55
Assessing the Determinants and Implications of Teacher Layoffs
 
CALDER Working Paper 51
Scrambling the Nest Egg: How Well Do Teachers Understand their Pensions and What Do They Think about Alternative Pension Structures?
 
CALDER Working Paper 50
Teacher Attitudes about Compensation Reform: Implications for Reform Implementation
 
CALDER Policy Brief 10
Using Performance on the Job to Inform Teacher Tenure Decisions
 
CALDER Working Paper 31
Assessing the Potential of Using Value-Added Estimates of Teacher Job Performance for Making High-Stakes Personnel Decisions
 
CALDER Working Paper 29
Teacher Career Paths, Teacher Quality, and Persistence in the Classroom: Are Schools Keeping their Best?
 
CALDER Policy Brief 3
Assessing the Potential of Using Value Added-Estimates of Teacher Job Performance for Making Tenure Decisions
 
CALDER Working Paper 13
Feeling the Florida Heat?: How Low-Performing Schools Respond to Voucher and Accountability Pressure
 
CALDER Working Paper 12
Are Public Schools Really Losing Their Best? Assessing the Career Transitions of Teachers and Their Implications for the Quality of the Teacher Workforce
 
CALDER Working Paper 9
Everyone's Doing It, but What Does Teacher Testing Tell Us about Teacher Effectiveness?
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